For the past 25 years, Samaritan’s Purse been collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivering them to children in need around the world. Each box is an opportunity for a boy or girl to experience the love of God in a tangible way and hear the Gospel.
In Moldova, Marina has a hard life. Her mother passed away and her father is paralyzed. As a young teen, she lived alone with her blind and bedridden grandmother. In addition to her schoolwork, Marina cut wood, collected water, and prepared food for her grandmother until she also died. But great joy came into Marina’s life when she received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. She loved the hat and gloves she found inside and the note that said, “Jesus loves you.” Soon after, a friend invited her to church where she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Now despite her difficulties, Marina says that knowing God makes her happy.
Many boys and girls who receive shoebox gifts also enroll in Samaritan’s Purse’s follow up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey, where they learn to follow Christ and share Him with others. It all starts with a simple gift. Will you prayerfully consider joining us in this exciting ministry?
Grab your shoeboxes next Sunday
Next Sunday, stop by the Operation Christmas Child table in the entryway to pick up a plastic or pre-printed cardboard shoebox. We’ll also provide you with a list of ideas for your boxes. Please return all completed shoeboxes by Sunday, November 12.